US Department of Labor ____ ET HANDBOOK NO. 394


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Data for Calendar Year 1954: Categories

Taxable Employment and Wage Data
Taxable Financial Data
Taxable Significant Measures
Taxable and Reimbursable Claims Data

1954
Taxable

STATE Employment and Wage Data
Average monthly covered employment Wages paid in covered employment during year
(in thousands)
Ratio of taxable to total wages Average weekly wage in covered employment
Total Taxable Total Taxable
(01)(02)(03)(04)(05)(06)(07)
United States 35,371,999 $137,067,812 $96,539,455 0.704 $74.52 $52.49
Alabama 427,236 $1,331,910 $1,035,859 0.778 $59.95 $46.63
Alaska 27,281 $171,002 $119,421 0.698 $120.54 $84.18
Arizona 145,755 $559,039 $410,457 0.734 $73.76 $54.16
Arkansas 230,180 $617,607 $509,376 0.825 $51.60 $42.56
California 3,057,349 $12,910,406 $8,974,239 0.695 $81.21 $56.45
Colorado 231,255 $884,169 $636,791 0.720 $73.53 $52.95
Connecticut 692,764 $2,779,413 $1,948,968 0.701 $77.16 $54.10
Delaware 112,040 $458,634 $299,981 0.654 $78.72 $51.49
District of Columbia 217,279 $800,134 $558,769 0.698 $70.82 $49.46
Florida 527,153 $1,716,363 $1,333,170 0.777 $62.61 $48.63
Georgia 596,506 $1,791,882 $1,396,516 0.779 $57.77 $45.02
Hawaii 99,292 $302,431 $238,031 0.787 $58.57 $46.10
Idaho 95,235 $328,058 $252,129 0.769 $66.24 $50.91
Illinois 2,425,868 $10,422,561 $6,934,453 0.665 $82.62 $54.97
Indiana 965,112 $3,915,425 $2,749,215 0.702 $78.02 $54.78
Iowa 361,600 $1,298,350 $956,356 0.737 $69.05 $50.86
Kansas 316,373 $1,205,382 $874,481 0.725 $73.27 $53.16
Kentucky 407,572 $1,400,661 $1,051,652 0.751 $66.09 $49.62
Louisiana 507,416 $1,708,151 $1,267,008 0.742 $64.74 $48.02
Maine 173,038 $554,350 $445,398 0.803 $61.61 $49.50
Maryland 624,191 $2,152,381 $1,596,851 0.742 $66.31 $49.20
Massachusetts 1,435,564 $5,045,688 $3,691,865 0.732 $67.59 $49.46
Michigan 1,730,566 $8,140,309 $5,215,186 0.641 $90.46 $57.95
Minnesota 589,050 $2,210,032 $1,564,545 0.708 $72.15 $51.08
Mississippi 197,726 $532,366 $437,442 0.822 $51.78 $42.55
Missouri 844,815 $3,192,574 $2,260,935 0.708 $72.67 $51.47
Montana 106,619 $374,843 $288,734 0.770 $67.61 $52.08
Nebraska 184,848 $644,954 $480,383 0.745 $67.10 $49.98
Nevada 58,004 $241,679 $196,504 0.813 $80.13 $65.15
New Hampshire 132,845 $420,686 $337,599 0.802 $60.90 $48.87
New Jersey 1,423,829 $5,904,797 $4,060,741 0.688 $79.75 $54.85
New Mexico 117,273 $408,479 $307,850 0.754 $66.98 $50.48
New York 4,473,739 $18,940,656 $12,593,157 0.665 $81.42 $54.13
North Carolina 714,005 $2,024,876 $1,655,331 0.817 $54.54 $44.58
North Dakota 52,066 $182,908 $139,292 0.762 $67.56 $51.45
Ohio 2,395,026 $9,960,423 $6,784,080 0.681 $79.98 $54.47
Oklahoma 314,793 $1,173,119 $842,304 0.718 $71.67 $51.46
Oregon 315,941 $1,278,237 $930,887 0.728 $77.80 $56.66
Pennsylvania 3,021,291 $11,068,553 $7,953,039 0.719 $70.45 $50.62
Puerto Rico 0.000 $0.00 $0.00
Rhode Island 220,932 $753,416 $575,663 0.764 $65.58 $50.11
South Carolina 351,921 $1,009,760 $831,388 0.823 $55.18 $45.43
South Dakota 54,935 $182,769 $138,290 0.757 $63.98 $48.41
Tennessee 543,828 $1,768,233 $1,363,385 0.771 $62.53 $48.21
Texas 1,408,796 $5,187,038 $3,705,972 0.714 $70.81 $50.59
Utah 141,655 $487,775 $363,246 0.745 $66.22 $49.31
Vermont 62,280 $204,139 $162,034 0.794 $63.03 $50.03
Virginia 551,298 $1,756,868 $1,359,177 0.774 $61.28 $47.41
Washington 546,933 $2,221,378 $1,588,257 0.715 $78.11 $55.84
West Virginia 318,966 $1,214,489 $874,902 0.720 $73.22 $52.75
Wisconsin 763,642 $3,021,778 $2,092,952 0.693 $76.10 $52.71
Wyoming 58,318 $206,681 $155,194 0.751 $68.15 $51.18
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1954
Taxable

STATE Financial data (in thousands)
Contributions collected Interest credited to trust fund Benefits Paid Reserves as of December 31 Federal loans to State reserve funds, balance as of end of year Net reserves, balance as of end of year Taxable wage base, year end
(01)(08)(09)(10)(11)(12)(13)(14)
United States $1,136,151 $198,599 $2,026,868 $8,218,954 $8,218,954 $3,000
Alabama $12,218 $1,764 $18,902 $72,534 $72,534 $3,000
Alaska $3,330 $111 $7,759 $3,797 $3,797 $3,000
Arizona $5,318 $1,051 $4,395 $46,173 $46,173 $3,000
Arkansas $6,281 $1,045 $9,201 $44,172 $44,172 $3,000
California $124,125 $18,855 $142,783 $818,725 $818,725 $3,000
Colorado $2,600 $1,620 $5,418 $69,631 $69,631 $3,000
Connecticut $23,668 $5,438 $35,263 $229,372 $229,372 $3,000
Delaware $1,452 $394 $3,531 $16,248 $16,248 $3,000
District of Columbia $2,532 $1,303 $4,493 $55,570 $55,570 $3,000
Florida $9,203 $1,997 $11,883 $84,462 $84,462 $3,000
Georgia $17,331 $3,178 $23,373 $134,936 $134,936 $3,000
Hawaii $2,213 $528 $3,961 $21,939 $21,939 $3,000
Idaho $4,369 $809 $5,171 $35,598 $35,598 $3,000
Illinois $46,934 $11,517 $133,369 $458,666 $458,666 $3,000
Indiana $21,975 $4,980 $60,643 $200,453 $200,453 $3,000
Iowa $4,156 $2,534 $9,104 $108,219 $108,219 $3,000
Kansas $8,886 $1,827 $12,318 $78,308 $78,308 $3,000
Kentucky $17,589 $3,170 $39,929 $127,966 $127,966 $3,000
Louisiana $14,308 $2,950 $19,208 $125,278 $125,278 $3,000
Maine $7,056 $1,011 $9,837 $42,896 $42,896 $3,000
Maryland $10,050 $2,855 $32,846 $112,667 $112,667 $3,000
Massachusetts $77,475 $5,919 $74,906 $258,520 $258,520 $3,000
Michigan $69,186 $9,558 $147,842 $371,410 $371,410 $3,000
Minnesota $11,568 $2,964 $26,696 $122,609 $122,609 $3,000
Mississippi $5,146 $934 $11,034 $38,232 $38,232 $3,000
Missouri $15,412 $5,056 $36,666 $208,060 $208,060 $3,000
Montana $3,563 $987 $3,228 $43,373 $43,373 $3,000
Nebraska $2,799 $936 $4,997 $40,061 $40,061 $3,000
Nevada $3,460 $395 $3,430 $17,439 $17,439 $3,600
New Hampshire $5,680 $487 $8,597 $20,066 $20,066 $3,000
New Jersey $73,159 $11,388 $117,252 $473,944 $473,944 $3,000
New Mexico $3,401 $797 $4,838 $34,186 $34,186 $3,000
New York $213,604 $29,946 $287,453 $1,267,384 $1,267,384 $3,000
North Carolina $23,930 $4,068 $37,574 $171,840 $171,840 $3,000
North Dakota $2,171 $249 $2,616 $11,109 $11,109 $3,000
Ohio $43,092 $15,155 $126,403 $618,149 $618,149 $3,000
Oklahoma $7,315 $1,256 $12,408 $52,265 $52,265 $3,000
Oregon $11,030 $1,467 $24,049 $60,114 $60,114 $3,000
Pennsylvania $88,167 $10,944 $260,776 $394,051 $394,051 $3,000
Puerto Rico $1
Rhode Island $15,668 $547 $22,881 $21,856 $21,856 $3,000
South Carolina $10,867 $1,630 $15,564 $68,835 $68,835 $3,000
South Dakota $856 $308 $1,290 $13,271 $13,271 $3,000
Tennessee $20,361 $2,487 $37,517 $99,876 $99,876 $3,000
Texas $15,149 $6,567 $23,722 $280,455 $280,455 $3,000
Utah $4,006 $821 $6,111 $35,083 $35,083 $3,000
Vermont $1,828 $396 $3,322 $16,364 $16,364 $3,000
Virginia $6,171 $2,138 $16,697 $87,715 $87,715 $3,000
Washington $28,643 $4,362 $38,149 $185,639 $185,639 $3,000
West Virginia $6,787 $1,779 $34,801 $63,556 $63,556 $3,000
Wisconsin $18,632 $5,742 $40,025 $239,699 $239,699 $3,000
Wyoming $1,431 $379 $2,637 $16,183 $16,183 $3,000
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1954
Taxable

STATE significant measures
Percent of total wages Average employer tax rate as a percent of taxable wages Reserve ratio (percent of total wages) as multiple of highest 12-month benefit cost rate
Contributions collected Benefits paid Average employer tax rate Reserve Ratio High Cost Multiple
Rate 12 mos. ending
(01)(15)(16)(17)(18)(19)(20)(21) (22)
United States 0.83 1.48 0.79 1.12 6.00 0.00 0.00
Alabama 0.92 1.42 0.70 0.90 5.45 0.00 0.00
Alaska 1.95 4.54 1.89 2.70 2.22 0.00 0.00
Arizona 0.95 0.79 0.92 1.26 8.26 0.00 0.00
Arkansas 1.02 1.49 0.98 1.19 7.15 0.00 0.00
California 0.96 1.11 0.96 1.38 6.34 0.00 0.00
Colorado 0.29 0.61 0.27 0.38 7.88 0.00 0.00
Connecticut 0.85 1.27 0.83 1.19 8.25 0.00 0.00
Delaware 0.32 0.77 0.32 0.49 3.54 0.00 0.00
District of Columbia 0.32 0.56 0.31 0.44 6.95 0.00 0.00
Florida 0.54 0.69 0.53 0.69 4.92 0.00 0.00
Georgia 0.97 1.30 0.95 1.22 7.53 0.00 0.00
Hawaii 0.73 1.31 0.71 0.90 7.25 0.00 0.00
Idaho 1.33 1.58 1.33 1.74 10.85 0.00 0.00
Illinois 0.45 1.28 0.40 0.61 4.40 0.00 0.00
Indiana 0.56 1.55 0.53 0.76 5.12 0.00 0.00
Iowa 0.32 0.70 0.28 0.38 8.34 0.00 0.00
Kansas 0.74 1.02 0.74 1.02 6.50 0.00 0.00
Kentucky 1.26 2.85 1.17 1.56 9.14 0.00 0.00
Louisiana 0.84 1.12 0.81 1.09 7.33 0.00 0.00
Maine 1.27 1.77 1.27 1.58 7.74 0.00 0.00
Maryland 0.47 1.53 0.46 0.63 5.23 0.00 0.00
Massachusetts 1.54 1.48 1.46 2.00 5.12 0.00 0.00
Michigan 0.85 1.82 0.82 1.28 4.56 0.00 0.00
Minnesota 0.52 1.21 0.51 0.73 5.55 0.00 0.00
Mississippi 0.97 2.07 0.96 1.16 7.18 0.00 0.00
Missouri 0.48 1.15 0.48 0.67 6.52 0.00 0.00
Montana 0.95 0.86 0.94 1.22 11.57 0.00 0.00
Nebraska 0.43 0.77 0.45 0.61 6.21 0.00 0.00
Nevada 1.43 1.42 1.49 1.83 7.22 0.00 0.00
New Hampshire 1.35 2.04 1.35 1.69 4.77 0.00 0.00
New Jersey 1.24 1.99 1.05 1.52 8.03 0.00 0.00
New Mexico 0.83 1.18 0.79 1.05 8.37 0.00 0.00
New York 1.13 1.52 1.04 1.57 6.69 0.00 0.00
North Carolina 1.18 1.86 1.26 1.54 8.49 0.00 0.00
North Dakota 1.19 1.43 1.20 1.57 6.07 0.00 0.00
Ohio 0.43 1.27 0.42 0.61 6.21 0.00 0.00
Oklahoma 0.62 1.06 0.61 0.84 4.46 0.00 0.00
Oregon 0.86 1.88 0.85 1.18 4.70 0.00 0.00
Pennsylvania 0.80 2.36 0.78 1.09 3.56 0.00 0.00
Puerto Rico 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rhode Island 2.08 3.04 2.06 2.70 2.90 0.00 0.00
South Carolina 1.08 1.54 1.02 1.24 6.82 0.00 0.00
South Dakota 0.47 0.71 0.41 0.54 7.26 0.00 0.00
Tennessee 1.15 2.12 1.14 1.48 5.65 0.00 0.00
Texas 0.29 0.46 0.27 0.38 5.41 0.00 0.00
Utah 0.82 1.25 0.82 1.10 7.19 0.00 0.00
Vermont 0.90 1.63 0.84 1.06 8.02 0.00 0.00
Virginia 0.35 0.95 0.32 0.41 4.99 0.00 0.00
Washington 1.29 1.72 1.43 2.00 8.36 0.00 0.00
West Virginia 0.56 2.87 0.50 0.69 5.23 0.00 0.00
Wisconsin 0.62 1.32 0.58 0.84 7.93 0.00 0.00
Wyoming 0.69 1.28 0.66 0.88 7.83 0.00 0.00
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1954
Taxable and Reimbursable

STATE Claims data Average weekly benefit
Number of first payments Weeks compensated for all unemployment Caimants exhausting benefits Average duration (in weeks) Weekly insured unemployed Amount Ratio to average weekly total wage
Number % of first payments Potential Actual Actual for exhaustees Average number Percent of cov. employ.
(01)(23)(24)(25)(26)(27)(28)(29)(30)(31)(32) (33)
United States 6,590,464 84,295,467 1,768,927 26.8 22.4 12.8 20.0 1,865,202 5.2 $24.93 0.335
Alabama 78,565 1,052,792 35,917 46.5 19.0 13.4 17.8 27,863 6.5 $18.40 0.307
Alaska 16,306 229,210 2,597 16.8 23.9 14.1 23.3 3,773 13.8 $33.67 0.279
Arizona 20,318 206,395 5,134 25.1 18.7 10.2 17.3 5,509 3.7 $21.34 0.289
Arkansas 48,657 522,272 19,337 39.0 15.5 10.7 15.3 16,105 7.0 $18.25 0.354
California 507,557 6,144,753 76,755 15.1 24.6 12.1 22.7 135,975 4.4 $24.06 0.296
Colorado 18,682 215,037 5,398 28.3 18.1 11.5 16.7 5,369 2.3 $25.81 0.351
Connecticut 116,958 1,340,146 19,433 17.1 23.4 11.5 20.8 29,213 4.2 $27.17 0.352
Delaware 14,427 167,882 4,068 26.7 20.3 11.6 18.6 3,485 3.1 $21.56 0.274
District of Columbia 19,951 244,472 7,296 37.1 19.1 12.3 18.9 5,554 2.5 $18.49 0.261
Florida 69,208 678,048 29,526 44.0 14.3 9.8 13.4 17,763 3.3 $17.85 0.285
Georgia 101,861 1,254,297 37,609 36.5 20.0 12.3 18.4 30,034 5.0 $19.32 0.334
Hawaii 14,708 199,999 4,221 27.0 20.0 13.6 20.0 4,517 4.5 $19.83 0.339
Idaho 18,256 224,405 4,985 28.8 21.7 12.3 17.7 5,329 5.6 $23.29 0.352
Illinois 467,689 5,467,878 97,939 20.9 22.4 11.7 18.0 128,783 5.3 $25.64 0.310
Indiana 222,560 2,517,319 93,363 40.4 17.2 11.3 14.4 50,637 5.2 $24.89 0.319
Iowa 40,556 425,632 16,323 39.7 15.2 10.5 12.9 9,757 2.7 $22.42 0.325
Kansas 44,504 526,803 17,076 36.2 17.3 11.8 16.3 10,222 3.2 $24.05 0.328
Kentucky 107,908 1,812,524 33,284 31.5 26.0 16.8 26.0 43,444 10.6 $22.56 0.341
Louisiana 61,674 892,227 30,232 52.3 17.9 14.5 16.5 21,033 4.1 $22.36 0.345
Maine 50,089 544,526 10,976 20.7 20.0 10.9 19.9 12,241 7.0 $19.18 0.311
Maryland 144,197 1,342,625 31,363 22.0 20.9 9.3 16.7 27,144 4.3 $25.49 0.384
Massachusetts 245,504 3,125,459 79,216 31.9 21.0 12.7 18.2 67,868 4.7 $24.95 0.369
Michigan 415,920 5,059,813 112,968 27.3 21.3 12.2 19.8 113,040 6.5 $29.73 0.329
Minnesota 88,406 1,226,685 21,511 26.1 23.7 13.9 22.2 27,005 4.5 $22.65 0.314
Mississippi 50,360 596,881 22,358 43.4 16.0 11.9 16.0 16,016 8.1 $19.24 0.372
Missouri 153,044 1,801,509 42,624 27.7 20.8 11.8 18.6 41,124 4.8 $21.46 0.295
Montana 14,447 158,055 2,954 21.3 20.0 10.9 20.0 3,913 3.6 $20.47 0.303
Nebraska 19,038 215,782 5,563 29.7 18.5 11.3 17.5 4,426 2.3 $23.74 0.354
Nevada 10,172 117,049 2,115 21.5 21.9 11.5 18.9 2,404 4.1 $30.13 0.376
New Hampshire 35,392 434,151 5,410 14.4 26.0 12.3 26.0 10,117 7.6 $21.35 0.351
New Jersey 294,288 4,229,915 78,990 27.5 23.7 14.4 22.3 83,105 5.8 $28.49 0.357
New Mexico 15,885 201,338 4,724 29.1 21.8 12.7 20.0 4,408 3.7 $24.49 0.366
New York 795,581 11,241,578 127,381 16.0 26.0 14.1 26.0 239,039 5.3 $26.95 0.331
North Carolina 172,122 2,265,429 37,589 20.7 26.0 13.2 25.2 45,784 6.4 $17.15 0.314
North Dakota 8,475 104,687 1,659 21.5 20.0 12.4 20.0 2,223 4.2 $25.84 0.382
Ohio 320,288 4,468,923 78,338 25.0 25.6 14.0 23.9 96,550 4.0 $29.01 0.363
Oklahoma 43,775 534,515 18,282 43.2 17.8 12.2 15.6 14,082 4.4 $23.90 0.333
Oregon 85,445 1,079,972 20,163 21.1 22.7 12.6 19.6 22,840 7.2 $22.83 0.293
Pennsylvania 724,902 10,233,581 207,534 28.7 24.0 14.1 22.5 220,094 7.2 $26.68 0.379
Puerto Rico 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 $0.00 0.000
Rhode Island 69,765 1,011,529 28,313 36.9 20.3 14.5 17.9 21,223 9.6 $23.54 0.359
South Carolina 67,018 862,927 30,776 44.7 18.0 12.9 18.0 18,387 5.2 $18.56 0.336
South Dakota 5,672 58,484 1,805 32.7 15.8 10.3 13.5 1,397 2.5 $22.86 0.357
Tennessee 142,881 1,994,728 48,155 34.4 22.0 14.0 22.0 48,015 8.8 $19.06 0.305
Texas 127,274 1,341,653 50,324 40.7 17.2 10.5 14.3 32,304 2.2 $17.95 0.254
Utah 20,335 248,095 4,288 20.5 23.4 12.2 21.1 5,815 4.1 $25.50 0.385
Vermont 13,951 155,062 2,756 20.5 20.0 11.1 20.0 3,460 5.5 $22.38 0.355
Virginia 107,053 883,335 34,751 32.5 14.0 8.3 12.2 20,344 3.6 $19.30 0.315
Washington 121,752 1,568,912 24,202 18.7 24.5 12.9 22.8 36,295 6.6 $24.61 0.315
West Virginia 107,568 1,549,025 34,360 31.5 24.0 14.4 23.4 36,921 11.5 $23.22 0.317
Wisconsin 120,624 1,422,027 54,605 45.4 0.0 11.8 0.0 31,380 4.1 $28.71 0.377
Wyoming 8,896 95,126 2,381 27.6 19.6 10.7 14.9 1,873 3.2 $28.83 0.423
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